Green Engineering of Artificial Structures

I use ecological principles to inform the design of marine artificial structures. Underwater cities have long been the subject of science fiction novels but the urban sprawl of artificial structures from terrestrial to marine environments is fast becoming a reality. Marine urban development is accelerating as a result of the expansion of coastal cities and human adaptations to threats such as storm surge and sea level rise. While there is a substantial history of green engineering on land, the practice of combining ecological principles with the planning, design and operation of urban infrastructure in the sea is surprisingly rare. This project will provide practical design solutions to mitigate the ecological impacts of artificial structures and provide essential ecosystem services such as pollution reduction.


Dr. Katherine Dafforn: Eco-engineering in urban waterways from OceanImaging on Vimeo.